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Robert S. Langer, Jr. ScD ’74

David H. Koch Institute Professor, 2009 - present

David H. Koch Institute Professor, 2009 - present

 

Robert S. Langer, Jr. ScD ’74
David H. Koch Institute Professor, 2009 - present

Robert Langer is one of MIT's 13 Institute Professors and the award-winning head of the Langer Laboratory, which works at the interface of biotechnology and materials science. He is a prolific inventor with approximately 750 issued and pending patents worldwide. His breakthrough discoveries have been critical and controlled drug delivery and tissue engineering in the battle against cancer. Some of his findings are also being used to make frizzy hair straight and to try to help Julie Andrews sing again through the use of synthetic vocal chords.

Highlights from this interview include:

  • Thoughts on the most recent and influential medical and pharmaceutical discoveries.
  • The difficulties and satisfaction he’s found from researching in biology and medicine.
  • Rewarding work relationships with the students and postdoctoral scholars in his lab.
  • Progress made toward inventing new medical treatments to prevent various diseases.
  • Insights into the financial side of conducting scientific research.
  • Reflections on his most recent research efforts in nanotechnology.

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